What skin type do I have? At Malée Natural Science, we hear this question a lot. Since we advocate a holistic approach to selfcare, we always start out by saying that although skin type is determined by a combination of genetics, lifestyle, and environmental factors, it is not a static state. It can shift due to hormonal changes, or according to the seasons, and other external factors.
However, knowing what skin type you have at a given point in time is a good way to ensure that you are investing in the right kind of products to provide the support it needs to stay soft, supple and glowing.
What skin type do I have? Answer these questions to find out!
There are seven basic skin types. This includes:
Here are a few questions to help you pinpoint which type you are most likely to have:
Are you unfamiliar with the notion of regular breakouts or seasonal skin issues?
You most likely have a ‘normal’ or regular skin type. Thank your lucky stars, because this means that you can get away with a very minimal skin routine, and experiment with a variety of product options to your heart’s content, which makes it easier to make sustainable choices by supporting ethical producers.
Does your day-to-day ‘go bag’ contain blotting papers?
If you need to blot your face regularly throughout the day, you probably have oily skin. Opt for skin products that don’t contain ingredients like mineral oils, sulphates and silicone, which can exacerbate the problem. More natural formulations can help to improve the condition of oily skin and make it more manageable.
Does your skin tend to crack and peel, and often feel ‘tight’?
Tightness, cracking and peeling point towards dry skin. Dry skin calls for rich moisturisation that helps to seal in natural oils. Lifestyle changes like an increase in water consumption, and avoiding harsh soaps can also make a big difference.
Do you tend to break out on your nose and between your eyes rather than anywhere else?
Combination skin types tend to have normal skin with an oily T-zone over the nose and forehead. Avoid alcohol-based products that will dry out your skin needlessly, and isolate problem areas by using spot treatments. Your end game should always be balance, so first prize is finding a skin regime that helps you to achieve this goal.
Do you almost always battle with breakouts?
You most likely have acne-prone skin. Approximately 85% of people between the ages of 12 and 24 experience at least minor acne. Depending on the amount and severity of your blackheads, whiteheads and pustules, you may be able to keep your skin condition satisfactory by opting for non-comedogenic products. However, if your self-confidence is being affected or you feel like you can’t control your breakouts, it is best to consult with a dermatologist to get an expert opinion.
Are you prone to rashes and bumps, and often have bad reactions to new products?
Sensitive skin types tend to react to things like environmental factors, products, etc. more quickly and drastically than other skin types. Your best option is to introduce skin products carefully, and one at a time, so you can check for any adverse reactions. Ideally, opt for calming, natural formulations whenever possible.
Does your skin show signs of sagging, dullness and dehydration?
Mature skin has different needs than other skin types. Although we all age at different rates, our skin does tend to get a little more needy when we cross over into our forties, fifties and beyond. Restorative treatments that boost collagen production, protect against environmental aggressors and stimulate cell turnover are your best option to keep skin happy and radiant.
There is no need to be plagued by the question ‘what skin type do I have’ – you simply need to observe a few key aspects of your skin’s condition to see what kind of treatment it requires. Once you know if you have normal, oily, dry/dehydrated, combination, acne-prone, sensitive or mature skin, it’s that much easier to give it what it needs.